Peter Klimiuk

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Corticosteroid use is one of the most important secondary causes of osteoporosis. Generally, it has been believed that in addition to its effect on bone mineral density (BMD), it also causes an alteration in bone quality that means that fractures occur at a lower BMD than might be expected. To establish if this is the case, we have compared the relationship(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether antidrug antibodies and/or drug non-trough levels predict the long-term treatment response in a large cohort of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treated with adalimumab or etanercept and to identify factors influencing antidrug antibody and drug levels to optimize future treatment decisions. METHODS A total of 331(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have an increased risk of certain solid cancers, in particular lung cancer, compared to the general population. Treatment with tumour necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors (TNFi) may further enhance this risk. OBJECTIVES To compare the risk of solid cancer in patients with RA treated with TNFi to that in(More)
Eligibility for anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF) therapy in most European countries is restricted to severe, active rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The DAS28 score is a marker of disease severity and incorporates one of two inflammatory markers, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) or C-reactive protein. We aimed to determine the relation between genetic(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate the occurrence of Anaplasma spp. in group of 50 fallow deer (Dama dama) from free-range farm in eastern Poland and determine what species of Anaplasma could infect these animals based on PCR gene sequencing. The PCR technique revealed the presence of 16S RNA Anaplasma spp. genetic material in the blood of 7(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Corticosteroids are commonly used in the treatment of RA. Hyperglycaemia resulting from corticosteroid use can lead to problems, particularly in those with impaired glucose tolerance and diabetes mellitus. We have examined how rheumatology clinics monitored and managed hyperglycaemia at base line and during treatment of patients with(More)
Peripheral neuropathy in patients with scleroderma is thought to be rare. We have undertaken a quantitative assessment of peripheral nerve function in 29 patients with either limited cutaneous scleroderma or progressive systemic sclerosis. Tactile thresholds were raised in the fingers in 28 per cent of patients and in the foot in 50 per cent. Two-point(More)
Autonomic function assessed by tests of cardiovascular reflexes was studied in 25 patients with systemic sclerosis and 10 patients with primary Raynaud's phenomenon. A comparison was made with 13 normal healthy subjects. Significant abnormalities in the cardiovascular reflexes were found in systemic sclerosis, both in the CREST (calcinosis, Raynaud's(More)